Wedding Inspiration Board: Summer Lanterns

Our second board is Summer Lanterns by Design Lotus.

Left to right from top: Couple, Green shoes, Flowers and lights, Lanterns, Cake, Lit outdoor patio, Girl in yellow dress, Rings on branches, Brides bouquet

It simply could not be a more picture perfect day here in San Francisco so I thought Amy’s warm evening wedding was a good choice for this afternoon. I love that she was able to find a photo of perfectly matching lanterns. Have you been to or are you planning a wedding with lanterns? And don’t you love how mint green pops against yellows, oranges, and deep reds?


Wedding Inspiration Board: Better Together

The inspiration boards we asked our designers to submit along with their invitation designs were spectacular! We plan to launch them permanently on our site soon, but in the meantime I thought it might be fun for us all to ohh and ahh over them together.

First up is a relatively new Mintie: Rebecca Thongkham and her Better Together board.

From top, left to right: Milk and cookies, ProgramsRing pillow, Bridesmaid dressesTablescape, Groom’s suit, Placecards Shoes, Cupcakes

I thought this was a fitting first inspiration board to feature–after all it highlights our beloved Minted green! And don’t you just love that glass milk bottle with the tied up cookies? If you end up picking Better Together for your wedding invites you better have cookies and milk instead of cake! I wouldn’t have thought to put green and gray together, but it really works here. Only issue is now I’m really craving a festive afternoon cupcake! Do you like this wedding as much as I do?! Do tell.


Meet a Mintie: Leslie Hamer

We couldn’t be happier to have Leslie Hamer of Unless Someone Like You with us this afternoon. The catchy name of her design company comes from the Lorax, one of her favorite books that she still can’t read without crying. We think her genius, imagination, and wit rivals even Dr. Seuss so the name could not be more fitting.

At age nine, you wanted to be?
Definitely a scientist. Maybe an astronaut. As a child I was encouraged academically and musically, but drawing or painting wasn’t a part of my life until college. I still love science, and long geeky conversations.

How would you describe your style?
This is tough question! Like many designers I find it difficult to “see” my own work. I try to keep things simple and clean. I like negative space, strong typography.

What is your normal workflow or process like?
Ideas come from everywhere. Sometimes I sketch, sometimes I walk around and photograph things, sometimes I dive right into Illustrator. I work quickly and try not to over think anything.

How many iterations does it take for a design to become final?
As many as it takes! Each design is different. Some I rework to no end. Some just appear complete. I imagine it’s the same a writing a song, or composing music. Sometimes my ideas are clear and things just fall into place.

What tools, techniques, and mindsets do you find absolutely essential?
My Cintiq is indispensable. I couldn’t work without it, I cant imagine how I ever did! When I remember drawing with a plain wacom I still cringe a bit.


Minted Meet Up: Charleston

So sometimes, even with the best intentions it takes me ages to get pictures off my camera and onto the blog… I am dying for a camera that automatically downloads your pics wirelessly. BUT, I did so enjoy meeting Kelli Hall that I have to share these pics from our Charleston Meet Up with you.

We met at Baked, which not only has delicious, incredible, yummy treats, but also has a perfectly executed interior.

Baked in Charleston

Kelli was just absolutely the sweetest and her hair really is as long and gorgeous as it appears on her Minted profile pic.

Natasha (left) and the beautiful Kelli Hall (right)


Meet a Mintie: Jody Wody

Minted designer and part-time Minted contract employee Jody Wody is buckets of fun. She is a joy to be around and her work is always exciting–we love, love, love seeing something new and different and Jody always delivers!

At age nine, you wanted to be?
A gymnast, an illustrator for Disney (I used to practice by pausing my “Little Mermaid” VHS to draw the characters), and a “camera-man” for a sitcom (I thought that sounded very exciting).

When did you first realize you wanted to be a designer?
It was a sporadic and incremental process! My mom is a painter and sculptor, so she always had neat-o art supplies for me to play around with. When I was in elementary school, I got hold of her old Letraset transfers from the ’70s, I would incorporate the rub-on type and office-themed clipart into my drawings. Maybe that was my first foray into graphic design? I remember in eighth grade I designed the cover for our school’s literary magazine, which may have planted the seed for publication design, and in high school I wrote for the school newspaper, which allowed me to do layout and editorial illustrations as well.


Minted at the National Stationery Show

We held a little cocktail party after the National Stationery Show on Monday night to get to know the designers already in our community, as well as new people, too. Katherine made an adorable little invitation to pass out on the floor of the show.

Flowers in Minted colors with little Minted personal stationery gifts.

We covered the tables in our new wedding invitations and suites. Everyone remarked on how original all the designs were, as well as on how great the printing quality and paper were.

Don’t you just love fresh flowers? They can liven up even a convention center as big as Javits!

Our CEO and founder Mariam Naficy hard at work up until the party began!

A large group of our incredible community of designers made the trip out. From left: Minted Senior Manager of PR and Partnership Marketing Natasha Lawler, Stacey Day, Beth Perry, Amanda LarsenEmily Potts, Karly Depew, Minted CEO & Founder Mariam Naficy, Amy Ehmann, Tina Furjanic (Amy Ehmann of Design Lotus’s business partner), and Minted Community Relations Manager Katherine Cheng


The Incredible Minted Invitation Suite Giveaway!

We simply could not be more excited about the launch of our first crowd-sourced wedding invitations suites created by the best indie designers in the world. This is a big departure for Minted. Up until now, we’ve only sold letterpressed invitations, which we’ll continue to do, but our new, very competitively priced (starting at just $147 for 50 invitations) flat-printed line will make industry leading design details available to every bride. We feel so honored to be able to help stylish couples everywhere create a wedding suite that really mirrors their special day and is unlike anything their guests have ever seen!

We're giving all of this away!!!

We are rolling out all the stops in celebration of the launch of over 100 of these incredible designs that we are giving away a complete Minted invitation suite for 100 Guests, valued at over one grand. And this isn’t just any wedding invitation suite. Besides the perfectly coordinated reply, information and thank you cards, Minted is the first online retailer to introduce stunning embellishments–like our backers, envelope liners, and skinny wrap address labels–which are all included in this giveaway. In addition to the grand prize, one lucky runner up will also receive 100 free invitations and reply cards!


Wedding bells are ringing: Minted’s crowd-sourced invitations are now launched!

Today it’s official! We are up and running… and away we go with over 140 flat printed wedding invitations mainly sourced from our design competitions.

In celebration of our launch we’re running an incredible promotion for the rest of the month: 15% Off All Minted Wedding Invitations and Stationery. Code: LAUNCH15

Some of our newest designs include:

Aquarelle by Sarah Lenger

Frolic by Design Lotus

Cross Your Heart by Unless Someone Like You

Classic Affair by Dish & Spoon


Meet a Mintie: Gakemi Art + Design

Nam of Gakemi Art + Design broke out onto the Minted scene in December 2008, and has since then, been a steady presence in design challenges and the forum, offering her fellow designers constructive feedback and warm wishes. We’ve long been admirers of her too-cute-for words children’s designs and delicate, pretty flower illustrations and thought it’d be fun to reach out, and take a peak into the life of one of our designers in the great white north (hi, Canada!).

Nam and Gabriel

How did you get your start in graphic design?

When I was in grade 3, I remember drawing people, flowers and objects from encyclopedias. I was always interested in art, and people who knew me, knew me for my art. Growing up, our family didn’t have much and asking my parents for things like art supplies was unheard of so I drew and doodled on any surface, covering the inside covers of books and pages in those encyclopedias. I took visual arts throughout high school and sold my first two drawings: a picture of goats and one of a house – all for $200.  Not bad when you consider it paid for all the paper and pencils I needed for art classes. I didn’t really consider design as a career until I returned to college and graduated from architectural technology which gave me tremendous exposure to AutoCAD, 3-D Viz and Photoshop. From there I taught myself Illustrator with the hope of grasping typography and creating my own fonts.

I’m curious to know about how you taught yourself Illustrator and how you have developed your typography skills.

The first time I used Illustrator was to convert architectural floor plans from AutoCAD into marketing materials in Illustrator and InDesign.  Most of the learning was through reading user guides as I go, and practicing through trial and error.  Soon after discovering the Minted Design Challenges, I taught myself by reading website illustrator tutorials, Adobe Creative Suite WOW books and watching video tutorials.  When I’m confident with the skills, one of my goals is to design my own fonts.  Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find the time to create them, but when I do, I would love to use it for the Minted Design Challenges.


Meet a Mintie: Design Lotus

With her trademark smile and effervescent energy, creativity, and passion, this designer is known by many. Some people call her Design Lotus, while others refer to her as the mayor of the Minted forum who coined the term “Minties.” We simply know her as Amy, the rock star designer and mom of three who has shown over and over again that she is a force to be reckoned with. Fair warning: As if it weren’t enough that she is tirelessly enthusiastic, generous with her knowledge and opinions, and always hilarious, her kids are really, really adorable. Keep reading to see for yourself.

Amy + Gavin

Everyone who encounters your energy and spirit must wonder: How on earth do you juggle three children and a bustling design career?

Bustling design career?  Are you talking to me?  Distractions are my life right now and Minted is my joyous outlet.  When everyone is finally fed, clothed, and happy… it’s mommy’s time to “play!”  It’s usually not until after the kids are fast asleep that I am REALLY able to think and/or brainstorm.

"Melonball" from the Be Mine Valentine Challenge

"Chef's Notes" from the Keep In Touch Good Housekeeping Challenge

How did you get your start in graphic design?

I stumbled into it while I was working as a training/event coordinator. I took some initiative to create some name badges, table tents, and signage for several training events. They were a hit with the client, and hence, launched my career in the design field.  I discovered Lynda Weinman’s H.O.T. books, which were fantastic, and I’ve been hooked on her training material ever since.  In fact, I have learned every software I know through

Where did the name “design lotus” come from?

The lotus flower has many layers and petals as do my design aesthetics. Also lotus tattoos are meant to represent life, new beginnings and the possibility of people growing to change into something of beauty. I would like to believe I can do the same for my clients through design – by taking something from a murky/chaotic start and transforming it into something to celebrate.